[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Saturday, 23 December 2006, 09:46 GMT
400K drugs robot 'saves money'
Robot machine
The robot will make drugs dispensing more efficient say staff
Managers at the Royal Cornwall Hospital are defending a new 400,000 robot that dispenses medicines.

The machine automatically issues drugs and maintains stock levels, freeing pharmacy staff to work more closely with patients.

The new robot, one of the first of its kind in a South West hospital, will more than pay for itself in savings, say hospital bosses.

They said it would also reduce the need for separate emergency stores.

Senior pharmacist Alison Hill said: "It just makes us all the more efficient.

"It is also saving a great deal in waste, by making sure we use medicines up before they are expired which is much harder to do manually."




SEE ALSO
Police back-up cut from hospital
22 Dec 06 |  Cornwall
Hospital Pc's future under threat
20 Dec 06 |  Cornwall
Hewitt says hospital to stay open
14 Nov 06 |  Cornwall
Hospital bosses plan 7m savings
07 Nov 06 |  Cornwall

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific